|Preparatory Workshop for UN Biodiversity Summit|
|Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:44|
A regional preparatory meeting for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was organized in Nadi, Fiji from the 16th to 18th of August 2010 by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.
Cenon Padolina - Regional Forest Resource Officer represented the SPC’s Land Resource Division during the meeting and provided technical advice on issues pertaining to forest and agriculture biodiversity.
A total of 11 Pacific Island states parties to the convention, regional partners, donors and non-governmental organisations from the region attended the three-day meeting.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 and has currently 193 parties.
CBD was inspired by the world community’s growing commitment to sustainable development. It aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the CBD will be held 18–29 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.
The COP10 CBD is expected to assess achievement regarding the CBD 2010 target to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss and adopt a protocol on access and benefit sharing and a revised strategic plan for the convention.
Access and benefit sharing is again on top of the agenda of the coming COP10 CBD meeting, where intensive negotiations by all parties is expected, particularly on the development of financial mechanism for the implementation of CBD’s programme of activities.
Issues for in-depth consideration include biodiversity in inland waters, marine and coastal biodiversity, mountain biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity and biodiversity and climate change.
The meeting agenda also include other substantive issues arising from decisions of the Conference of the Parties, including agriculture biodiversity, biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands, forest biodiversity, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, a global taxonomy initiative, incentive measures and new and emerging issues.
The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for COP10 CBD provided helpful training for effective participation of the party delegates who will be attending the conference.
The training was facilitated by Clark Peteru (SPREP Legal Adviser), Neva Collings (Environmental Defender’s Office of New South Wales, Australia) and Ian Fry (Consultant).